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Forum: Business Radios 08-09-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: recommendation: metal manufacturing plant

Also budget for some good speaker mics. They make a big difference in emergencies. This is another difference between GOOD business-class radios, and the consumer-grade FRS radios or the Chinese-made...
Forum: Business Radios 08-09-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: recommendation: metal manufacturing plant

DTR radios are still a viable option. Also include the slightly smaller (and cheaper) DLR that performs nearly identically.

They have about the farthest range of any two-way radio and because they...
Forum: Digital Radios 07-27-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 335
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: DTR Repeater Revisited

It is just not practical to try to set up a repeater unless you have the version that uses internals from two radios. (Hence, the high cost.) The DTR cannot receive on one frequency and transmit on...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Type radio handheld for rescue while hunting?

ACR and McMurdo are the two most common ones sold today. If you don't need one that floats, then the McMurdo Fastfind 220 or the ACR ResQLink will both do. I prefer the antenna system on the McMurdo,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2018, 03:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 416
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Type radio handheld for rescue while hunting?

A two-way radio is only as good as the person listening.

Public service handheld radios can only cover a wide area with a system of repeaters. With everyone going digital and most police agencies...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: How are my dual-band radios different to my single-band radios?

There is no way to enable this. The only radio that could do this would need two completely separate transmitter and receiver circuitries. Consider that a two-way radio is not really made for...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2018, 03:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: How are my dual-band radios different to my single-band radios?

You are misunderstanding the term "dual band." A dual band radio transmits and receives both VHF and UHF. A single band radio receives either VHF or UHF, not both.

What you are looking for is...
Forum: Amateur Radio 06-06-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Wouxun UV9D

No need to post in two forums minutes apart. We will help you when we can.

There are three menu items on the UV9D that affect backlight brightness. Turn the radio on, push MENU and use either the...
Forum: Amateur Radio 06-04-2018, 03:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Moto DTR550 usage with personal radios

Just to add to what Rick said, the Motorola DTR radios can only talk to other Motorola DTR or Motorola DLR radios.

They all communicate using a frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum algorithm and...
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 188
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Motorola to Blackbox?

Silly question, but did you program the new radios to the frequency you are licenced for or did the radios come with preprogrammed frequencies that include the specific frequency you are licenced for?
Forum: CB Radios 04-18-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Pathetic

Well, aside from the fact that my experience has been the opposite to yours - I have always found the forum helpful and friendly - I should point out that you are 100% wrong. You asked a question...
Forum: Consumer (FRS / GMRS) Radios 03-29-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Motorola talkabout T5720 repair

If you really are a communications technician, then you will NEED a good frequency counter and RF strength meter. A scanner will not tell you the strength or "privacy" tones of the transmitter. You...
Forum: General Discussion 03-27-2018, 12:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Factory reset SL7580

I think the reason no one can respond is that this may be a dealer-only function. There is nothing in any of the user manuals. It might be a function of the Customer Programming Software (CPS) but...
Forum: Site Issues and Suggestions 02-13-2018, 02:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 19,462
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Post site or forum issues here

For some reason, I haven't been able to post reviews on the main site for the past few months. I have tried from multiple browsers and multiple platforms, but the Write a Review just comes up to a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2018, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Do Not Buy from Buy Two Way Radios!

I am not understanding your problem. You bought a two way radio manufactured in China for a low price. There will always be issues and failures with a certain percentage of units.That's what a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2017, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,046
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Cloning problems with Kenwood TK series transceivers

Glad we could help. Keep us updated as to how it goes.
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2017, 01:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,046
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Cloning problems with Kenwood TK series transceivers

LOL. Good point. Pretty low down on my list of things to worry about, I must say. Nor do I care what others do. I just find it somewhat amusing that some Hams feel they should be the airwave "cops"...
Forum: General Discussion 12-28-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,046
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Cloning problems with Kenwood TK series transceivers

Yes, I saw that too, but it was my understanding that Kenwood still charges for their software, making that an illegal download.
Forum: General Discussion 12-28-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,046
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Cloning problems with Kenwood TK series transceivers

Further to what Rick has said, I am assuming you don't have the TK3300 programming software or access to the list of frequencies and tones in the older radios?

If not, I have an easy suggestion...
Forum: Business Radios 12-10-2017, 09:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Getting some 2-way radios for the workshop

This is exactly correct.

If I can add another warning to this, an amateur (ham) radio such as the Retevis usually comes with a few preprogrammed frequencies from the factory. These are basically...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 623
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Best Two-way radios for Hot Air Ballooning

Good point! Unlike the U.K., Canada and the U.S. have allowed airborne use of business frequencies on an as-licenced basis. Businesses can have their own dedicated frequencies for their area of...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2017, 02:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 623
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Best Two-way radios for Hot Air Ballooning

You don't mention anything about your budget.

The thing to remember is that EVERYTHING in two-way radios is a compromise. You can get cheap, licence-free radios with clear sound, long range and...
Forum: Amateur Radio 11-29-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 467
Posted By Chickenhawk
Why the high SWR readings with a handheld?

Does no one make a decent 8" handheld antenna? Is everything on the market a counterfeit?

I picked up a digital SWR meter, with the full understanding that it may not be 100% accurate, but at...
Forum: Amateur Radio 11-27-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 16,915
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: What radios do you use?

You missed the point. In a previous post, you said that: a) you bought a Zastone radio, and b) you don't know how to use it. Neither statement was true. When you come on an online forum and pretend...
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 573
Posted By Chickenhawk
Re: Tyt th-uv8000d

The Motorola is a commercial-grade business radio, designed to operate on assigned business frequencies. The TYT is an amateur radio, designed to operate on Ham radio bands. It is not approved for...
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